Tuesday, June 15, 2021

House of Wisdom architect explains the aim of the Sharjah library CULTURE Taking books into the future

Shelves are filled with 305,000 books, of which 200,000 are in digital format. The children’s library – The Little Reader – houses more than 2,000 books, while another has been set aside for youth with 3,000 titles. A fabrication lab is equipped with 3D printers to build prototypes of experimental projects while other technology enables users to print and bind books in minutes.

Designed by Foster + Partners, an award-winning architectural firm based in the UK, the HoW also boasts lecture halls, reading lounges, exhibition spaces, a central courtyard, café, a restaurant, and outdoor gardens.

Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio at Foster + Partners explained to EDGAR how the HoW aims to change the role of reading for future generations.

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